Uma Thurman

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

29th April, 1970




1st January, 1970



Uma Thurman (born 29.4.1970)

Uma Thurman is an American actress, perhaps best known for her work under the direction of Quentin Tarantino.

Uma Thurman: Childhood

Uma Thurman was born to Nena Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrugge and Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman. Her mother was married to the LSD guru Timothy Leary (to whom she was introduced by Salvador Dali) before marrying Thurman. Uma's father was the first westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. During her childhood, the Thurmans spent time in Almora, in India and the Dalai Lama would often visit them.

Uma's childhood saw her growing up mainly in Amherst, Massachusetts and Woodstock, New York. Her acting talents were noticed when she played Abigail in a performance of the Crucible. She moved to New York, attending the Professional Children's School, but dropped out before completing the course.

Uma Thurman: Acting Career

Uma Thurman's film debut came in 1988, when she appeared in Johnny Be Good and Kiss Daddy Goodnight. She then went on to appear in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, playing Venus, opposite Oliver Reed's Vulcan.

Thurman's breakthrough performance came with 1988's Dangerous Liasons. The film also starred Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer, who were both nominated for Oscars for their work in the film. John Malkovich, also in the film, was vocal in his praise of her talents.

1990 saw Uma Thurman star in Henry & June, a sexually controversial film, which also starred Fred Ward. Her first starring role came three years later when she took the lead in Gus Van Sant's adaptation of Tom Robbins' Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. Unfortunately, the film was a commercial and critical let-down. She also appeared in Mad Dog and Glory, opposite Robert De Niro, which also failed to do well at the box office.

Thurman's career soon got back on track when she auditioned for a part in Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film also starred John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth. Uma Thurman was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.

In 1996, Thurman starred in the romantic comedy The Truth About Cats and Dogs, opposite Janeane Garofolo. She then played Ethan Hawke's love interest in Gattaca, which was not a huge success at the cinema but became popular as a rental choice. She then went on to play Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin, opposite George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Uma Thurman's next role was in The Avengers, which turned out to be another low point in her career. She ended 1998 with a performance in Les Miserables, the film version of the Victor Hugo novel. She played the role of Fantine, opposite Geoffrey Rush and Liam Neeson.

After a five-year break from major film roles, Uma Thurman made a return in Paycheck, directed by John Woo. The film was only a moderate success but she soon followed this with a performance in Kill Bill, another Tarantino film in which she took a starring role. Other actors in the film include Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah and David Carradine.

In 2005, Thurman starred in Be Cool with John Travolta and Prime with Meryl Streep. Her last film of that year was The Producers, a remake of a 1968 film starring Gene Wilder and Zer Mostel. The modern version starred Matthew Broderick and Will Ferrell.

Thurman then starred in My Super Ex-Girlfriend, along with Luke Wilson. Uma Thurman was reportedly paid $14 million for her role in the film, but it did not perform as well as expected at the box office. She then starred in The Accidental Husband in February 2008. This was followed by a role portraying a cocaine addict in My Zinc Bed, opposite Jonathan Pryce and Paddy Considine.

Uma Thurman: Personal Life

Uma Thurman married Gary Oldman in 1990 but they were only married for two years.

Thurman was also previously married to Ethan Hawke, with whom she has two children, Maya Ray Thurman-Hawke (b. 1998) and Levon Roan Thurman-Hawke (b. 2002). Thurman and Hawke divorced in 2004.

Uma is now engaged to a Franco-Swiss financier, Arpad Busson.

Uma Thurman at the 2018 Costume Institute Gala (aka the Met Gala or the Met Ball) held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This year's theme was 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination' - New York, New York, United States - Monday 7th May 2018

Lawrence Bender Regrets Uma Thurman's Stunt Accident, But Denies Cover-Up

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 08 February 2018

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Thurman had accused Bender and other producers on 'Kill Bill' of covering up the stunt in which she was injured.

A producer on the movie Kill Bill has responded to Uma Thurman’s claim that the production team covered up a controversial car crash that took place on set during the filming of a stunt that injured its star Uma Thurman.

On Tuesday (February 7th), Thurman had claimed in an eye-opening interview with the New York Times that Tarantino had made her drive a car at speed on a winding road for a scene in 2003’s Kill Bill, although she felt uncomfortable and unsafe doing the stunt. She crashed the vehicle, sustaining a number of bodily injuries and concussion as a result.

She accused Lawrence Bender, a long-time collaborator of Tarantino’s, plus disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and E. Bennett Walsh of covering up the incident by way of refusing to release the footage of it to her unless she signed a document relinquishing them of responsibility.

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Quentin Tarantino On Uma Thurman's Crash: 'The Biggest Regret Of My Life'

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 06 February 2018

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He explains his side of the story with regards to Uma's 'Kill Bill' stunt.

After an article featuring Uma Thurman talking about her abuse at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, the public's anger has been unusually directed at someone else: Quentin Tarantino. He has been forced to explain and apologise over a dangerous stunt he made the actress do on 'Kill Bill'.

Image caption Quentin Tarantino at the Oscars

Sexual assault may be the main issue in Hollywood this year, but that's not the only example of misconduct in the workplace when you're working on a movie. Uma Thurman was forced to speed down a sandy road in Mexico while filming 'Kill Bill', and ended up crashing into a tree causing permanent damage to her body.

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Uma Thurman Breaks Silence On Harvey Weinstein Scandal

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 24 November 2017

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After an interview earlier this month where she said she was "too angry" to speak about it, Thurman has now broken her silence on the Weinstein scandal.

Uma Thurman has spoken out on the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the ongoing stream of allegations of sexual misconduct emerging against him, saying: “you don’t deserve a bullet”.

The 47 year old star, who has worked on seven movies that have featured the involvement of Weinstein’s companies including Pulp Fiction and the Kill Bill films, posted a picture of herself as The Bride from Kill Bill on Instagram on Thursday (November 23rd).

On its surface, the post was intended to mark Thanksgiving in a message to her followers, but she also used it to break her silence properly on the sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed the film industry for the last eight weeks.

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Uma Thurman Gives Poised Response To Question Of Hollywood Sexual Harassment

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 06 November 2017

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Her anger was clear, but her answer was measured and elegant.

Tensions in Hollywood are ever rising as more and more allegations of sexual misconduct among power bosses come to light, and many women of the industry are speaking out about the injustices of victims being silenced. Uma Thurman, however, confessed that she is far too angry to make a statement about the situation at the present time.

Image caption Uma Thurman at DuJour magazine party

The 47-year-old actress trembled with rage as she contemplated her feelings on the many accusations of sexual harassment made against the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman and others. But she's not yet ready to share her feelings.

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Uma Thurman looks stunning in a long black dress on the red carpet at the 71st Tony Awards held Radio City Music Hall - Manhattan, New York, United States - Sunday 11th June 2017

Uma Thurman on the red carpet at the 2017 Tony Awards held Radio City Music Hall - New York, United States - Monday 12th June 2017

Uma Thurmanat the 70th Cannes Film Festival 70th Anniversary Soiree held at Palais des Festivals - Cannes, United Kingdom - Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Uma Thurman at the 70th Cannes Film Festival 70th Anniversary Soiree held at Palais des Festivals - Cannes, United Kingdom - Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Burnt Review


Strong characters help hold the attention as this overcooked drama develops, but in the end it feels so concocted that it's difficult to believe. While there's plenty of potential in the premise, the film becomes distracted by irrelevant subplots that try to stir up some tension but never quite manage it. And for a movie about food, the cuisine is simply too abstract to be mouthwatering.

At the centre is Adam (Bradley Cooper), a bad boy chef whose partying ways ended his high-flying career in Paris. After a period of penance in New Orleans, he moves to London to start again, with the goal of finally getting his elusive third Michelin star. Since he has alienated his friends, he turns to Tony (Daniel Bruhl), a guy who always had a soft spot for him and happens to be running a posh restaurant, which Adam quickly takes over. He rustles up some old colleagues (Omar Sy and Riccardo Scamarcio) and hires hot-shot Helene (Sienna Miller) as his sous chef. But his demanding perfectionism is keeping things from running very smoothly.

This set-up is ripe for both black comedy and soul-searching drama, and yet writer Steven Knight throws in irrelevant sideroads including a mandated therapist (the wonderful Emma Thompson), a bitter rival (a jagged Matthew Rhys), a couple of randomly violent loan sharks and a precocious little girl. Even though the actors do what they can to make every scene intriguing, none of these story elements add anything to the overall film. Still, Cooper holds the movie together with sheer charisma, even if his sudden transition from absolute tyrant to cuddly sweetheart isn't terribly convincing. At least he adds some surprising textures to his scenes, and indulges in sparky banter with those around him. And while Miller is solid in her thankless role, even she can't breathe life into such a thinly developed romance.

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Gary Oldman & Alexandra Edenborough’s Divorce Is Finalised, Ending Six Years Of Marriage

By Elinor Cosgrave in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 04 October 2015

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Gary Oldman is now a single man after his divorce from Alexandra Edenborough has been finalised.

Gary Oldman and Alexandra Edenborough’s divorce has been finalised. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge signed off on the divorce on Tuesday (29th September). The couple were married for six years.

Image caption Alexandra Edenborough and Gary Oldman at the Palm Springs Film Festival in January 2014.

Read More: Gary Oldman Brands The USSR Government The 'Real Killer' In Child 44.

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Leaked Documents Show Alternative Castings For Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction'

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 15 September 2015

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Prepare to have your mind blown by the list of actors who might have taken the places of some of the 1994 movie's iconic performances.

Pulp Fiction has long since passed into the annals of movie history, confirming its director Quentin Tarantino as one of the modern greats of cinema and becoming arguably the biggest cult film of the 1990s. But, according to leaked documents, it could have looked very different indeed, as it turns out that many of its stars may not have been Tarantino’s first choices for their respective roles.

His wishlist – which has not yet been officially confirmed as genuine by Tarantino’s reps – was leaked via Reddit on Tuesday (September 15th) and makes for extremely interesting reading. Consisting of two sheets of hand-typed paper, the biggest revelation is that John Travolta, who received an Oscar nomination for his role as gangster Vincent Vega, was not Tarantino’s first choice. Rather, he originally wanted Michael Madsen – who of course did star in his first movie Reservoir Dogs just two years before – to play the part.

Image caption Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' might have looked very different, according to leaked documents

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Burnt - Teaser Trailer

Restauranteering is not a profession that should be taken lightly. Indeed, it's less of a job and more of a way of life for Adam Jones, who has wanted to become the greatest chef the world has ever seen since as long as he can remember. He was just 16-years-old when he left school to go to Paris and achieve his dream; becoming a Michelin star chef infamous across the Parisian culinary scene. But his rise to success came much too soon, and it wasn't long before his dream began to crumble around him, beaten by a life of drugs, violence, and volatile behaviour. With many of his opponents thinking him dead, he returns to London a new man to reignite his passion, earn a third Michelin star, and open the best restaurant in the world. All he needs is a talented team behind him, who is willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

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Video - Lady Gaga Causes A Minor Crowd Disturbance As She Sets Out For The 2015 Met Gala - Part 1

There's a flurry of eager bustling as Lady GaGa steps out of the Mark Hotel in New York to board a luxury coach that will take her to the 2015 Met Gala, where this year's theme was China: Through The Looking Glass. Gaga looked particularly eccentric as usual, in a wide-sleeved, mesh-patterned robe complete with super high platform boots.

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Uma Thurman's Appearance Gets The Renee Zellweger Treatment At 'The Slap' Premiere

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 10 February 2015

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So Uma Thurman looks a little different, do we really need to go on about it?

Uma Thurman returned to the red carpet on Monday night to promote her new NBC miniseries 'The Slap'. But you’d be forgiven for not knowing the name of her series, as most commentators seemed to forget about the show entirely and instead focus on the actress’ changing appearance.

Image caption Uma Thurman at 'The Slap' NYC premiere

Yes Uma looked a little different on Monday, we saw it too, but what really wasn’t necessary was the wave of insults directed at the Kill Bill star after her red carpet appearance. Following Monday’s event Thurman trended on twitter and was the subject of headlines such as ‘What happened to Uma Thurman’s face?’ and ‘Who-ma is that, Thurman looks different’.

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